Brownies, Brownies they are a musical fruit…

Guess what I made?

A monster.

Apparently you can cut the fat in brownies and increase the fiber by adding a can of black beans to the brownies instead of following the directions. I wont lie to you and say these are awesome. They kind of have a less chocolaty taste than normal brownies and a stranger more chewy texture (not really in a good way though). But if you are trying to do more of the exercising thing and less of the eating brownies in your bed (or couch, or car, or cubicle) like me, this is a nice way to trick yourself. (more…)


Pungently Odd Oogy Pumpkin Pucks (AKA POOPP)

I check-in with God on a daily basis and right now I really feel like he is telling me that I am not destined to be a hippie mom blogger. You already saw what happened with my gummies…well I’m at it again with my crazy hippie mom blogger recipe antics. This time I tried pumpkin muffins. Every morning I go to Peet’s Coffee before work and it is not the coffee dependency or the unnecessary spending money that bothers me about this routine morning visit…it’s the calories in what I get. I am trying to be good and healthy when I think about it. For a while my routine was always a small cappuccino and a piece of pumpkin bread. (more…)

Healthy Hippie Mom Blog Gummies

For some reason I am very drawn to organic natural hippie mom blogs. I think it might be because the essence of those blogs are so different than who I am as a person. These gorgeous women, with their yoga mats, their tousled hair, their whole foods bags. I don’t want to have lunch with them, I want to watch them like a national geographic documentary. They are a species I can never understand. Don’t get me wrong this is not a jealousy rant on moms that look like fitness models. I think there’s something to be said for someone who loves their family enough that they want to keep them from the toxins and unnecessary chemicals in the world. (more…)

“I’d rather be eating a burger” salad

Barbecue man and myself are trying to get serious about this healthy eating thing. Thank goodness I have barbecue man, otherwise I would model my eat habits after the kid in “Home Alone”, because deep down inside I am a 10 year old who wants to eat candy for breakfast. Barbecue Man constantly reminds me that broccoli is not the enemy…bless his heart. We are being so serious we even gave up soda and fast food for lent. Still somehow I still don’t feel like Jesus and I are even. He died for my sins and I’m not drinking carbonated beverages or spending extra money on food that is horrible for me, they just don’t seem equal. I’ll keep working at it.   (more…)

Heavenly Greek Yogurt Dipped Blueberry Granola Bars

After the pumpkin butterscotch granola bars were such a hit, I decided to try my hand at another granola  bar recipe, this one is adapted from the blog, Half Baked Harvest, who made a mean batch of Greek-yogurt dipped blueberry granola bars. If you aren’t familiar with Half Baked Harvest, this blog has great natural variations of family friendly recipes. I don’t have children yet, myself, but I do happen to have the sophistication of a child’s palate and I approve these recipes. I will give you a warning that despite the illusion that this is a healthy recipe the fact that these granola bars taste like blueberry cobbler is making me think twice. (more…)

Healthy Pumpkin Butterscotch Granola Bars for lean mean BBQ Man

Barbecue man is on a diet. As if he can make himself even sexier, he has decided to watch what he eats and make his giant muscles even bigger. He told me that this means no cookies or cakes. When I heard him say these words I died. I love baking, or at least I am good at baking and love the praise I get from baking yummy things. I’m just saying it like it is. Unfortunately all of my best recipes require enough butter to clog an artery or grease a small pig. So I knew I had to refrain from baking him any of these delicious buttery treats. Now that I’m writing this I’m wondering if those treats are the reason he needs to go on this diet. Hmm…well, while I ponder that I have been trying to think of a way I can still make him treats and get my weekly baking praise. Then I figured it out! Granola bars! (more…)